Robert Bauer, BioMed Master Teacher, Barren County High School
Robert Bauer teaches Biomedical Science and AP Biology at Barren County High School. Since starting Project Lead the Way in 2013, Robert has helped to build a nationally certified Biomedical program in his school and promotes STEM throughout the district. In his community, he has created a network of over twenty-five partners in which all of his senior students are able to participate in Work-Based Learning. He is a PLTW Master Teacher and travels around the nation training teachers in an activity, project, problem-based approach to learning. Robert also is a consultant for AdvanceKY, mentoring AP teachers and leading study sessions for students around the state.
Crystal Bell, Implementation Consultant, WIN Learning
Crystal Bell is an Implementation Specialist with WIN Learning Professional Services team and works with school and workforce implementations in Kentucky, Indiana, Ohio, and West Virginia. Crystal has a Master’s Degree in Mathematics and previously worked as a high school teacher for 10 years where she helped students become career ready.
Charlie Bell, BCHS Senior, Barren County High School
Charlie Bell is a senior at Barren County High School. Charlie is completing his first year at BC Skills where he has earned over 600 apprenticeship hours in front-end web development. Recently, Charlie has bee employed as a software developer by BluHorse, LLC, a local software development company in Glasgow.
Josh Benton, Deputy Secretary, Kentucky Education and Workforce Development Cabinet
Josh Benton serves as the Deputy Secretary in the Kentucky Education and Workforce Development Cabinet. In this role, Benton leads the cabinet's workforce development agencies, policies and strategies and serves as the liaison to economic development and workforce partners. The goal of all of these efforts to prepare Kentuckians for sustainable employment and to help grow Kentucky's economy. Deputy Secretary Benton has more than 14 years of public service focused on strengthening Kentucky's workforce and building the state's economy. Prior to moving to the cabinet, Benton served in the Cabinet for Economic Development and Office of Career and Technical Education. Benton holds a bachelor's degree in political science from Cumberland College and a master's degree in public administration from Kentucky State University.
Sonya Bergman, Vice President, Human Resources, Appalachian Regional Healthcare
Sonya Bergman joined Appalachian Regional Healthcare in 1999 as Director of Human Resources at the Hazard ARH Regional Medical Center. She now serves as the Vice President of Human Resources for the entire organization, employing close to 6,000 team members. ARH is the largest employer in Eastern Kentucky and Southwest West Virginia. She has served in HR leadership roles across Eastern Kentucky at other healthcare facilities over the last 30 years. Sonya has led professional development opportunities for Human Resources across the region and loves to help provide career opportunities for the people of Appalachia. A native of Eastern Kentucky, and active member in her community, she is passionate about our younger generation and introducing them to professions in the healthcare world. Bergman is accomplished as an HR professional and holds a Master’s Degree in Public Administration, specializing in Hospital and Healthcare from the University of Kentucky.
Travis Blair, Addiction Recovery Centers (ARC)
Travis Blair is an individual in long-term recovery from a substance use disorder who speaks freely on his past with the hope it helps others. After living most of his adult life inside correctional facilities for consequences of his addiction, Travis was willing to accept help which changed his life forever. Travis attributes finding employment and guidance from Addiction Recover Care after being released from prison for his sustained long-term recovery. Travis currently works for Addiction Recovery Care, supervising the grounds crew for their many properties. Travis lives in Louisa, KY and is the proud father to his daughter, Lacie.
Dr. Robert Boone, President/CEO South Central Workforce Development Board, Employward, Inc.
Robert Boone possesses a unique depth of workforce development experience earned from the health care, governmental, post-secondary education, and non-profit sectors. He currently serves as the founding president/CEO of the South Central Workforce Development Board and its non-profit community enterprise, Employward, located in the economically thriving region of south central, Kentucky. Robert is dedicated to an entrepreneurial and systems approach to workforce development. He holds a bachelor of science degree focusing on Industrial/Organizational Psychology from The University of Georgia, a master of public administration from Morehead State University, and a doctorate in educational policy, measurement, and evaluation from the University of Kentucky.
Jodi Brandstetter, Chief Talent Strategist, ULIMI
With over 17 years in talent acquisition, Jodi has knowledge in developing a strong recruitment strategy to building strong relationships with leadership to ensuring the hiring process is compliant. Jodi has created talent acquisition teams from the ground up. Jodi is the founder of Talent Acquisition Evolution, a community for recruiting professionals to connect, learn and work together. She is the Chief Talent Strategist for Lean Effective Talent Strategies. Jodi lives in Cincinnati, OH with her family. Originally from Indiana, Jodi obtained her Bachelor's Degree from the University of Evansville and love for basketball.
Susan Brewer, PHR, Vice President, Human Resources, Gray Construction
Susan is an accomplished Human Resources executive skilled in leading organizations in business planning and maximizing organizational strength. Susan is currently the Vice President, Human Resources at Gray Construction, where she oversees Human Resources for 10 companies, with over 1100 team members throughout the US, Canada and Europe. Susan is a graduate from the UNC-Charlotte where she received her B.A. in Business Administration and has her HRCI certification. Susan currently serves on the Board of Managers for the Kentucky Chamber Workforce Center. She previously was appointed to the Board of Directors for the Kentucky Workers Compensation Funding Commission as the Vice Chair, served on the Board of Directors for the Kentucky Self-Insurers Association and as Vice Chair for the Guaranty Fund Board of Directors.
Matt Brown, Chief of Staff to the CEO, Addiction Recovery Care
Matt Brown serves as the Chief of Staff to the CEO at Addiction Recovery Care and oversees the 500+ employee organization that operates more than 30 addiction treatment facilities across 12 Kentucky counties. Matt’s duties at ARC include strategic initiatives, public relations, communications, special projects and culture/leadership cultivation. He has been involved in the development of ARC’s expansion since May 2015, during which ARC has opened over 25 new programs. Matt has a personal understanding of addiction. Matt began his recovery journey in May 2014 after an 18-year battle with addiction. Matt received long term care from ARC and completed an internship with the company. This opportunity convinced him to leave his physical therapy career and to pursue an addiction treatment career. Matt holds a Bachelor of Science from the University of Kentucky in Health Sciences and a Master’s Degree in Physical Therapy from UK. Prior to coming to ARC, Matt had an 11-year career practicing in the field of physical therapy. Matt has also formed a community-oriented non-profit called RISEabove, was appointed and then elected to Louisa’s City Council, and leads The Table, a growing church in Louisa. Matt and his wife, Summer, live in Louisa, KY.
Justin Browning, Project Manager, BC Skills, Barren County Schools
Justin Browning is Project Manager of BC Skills. He has been employed by the Barren County Board of Education for 18 years and has served as a math, algebra, and computer science teacher, and a STEAM (STEM) teacher/program developer. Browning spearheaded the design, construction, and curriculum of one of the first K-6 STEAM labs in the country at Red Cross Elementary as well as led in the design and now the operations of the computer science program for Barren County Schools, now offering K-Adult computer science options. Browning was recognized as an Apple Distinguished Educator in 2019, was a recipient of the ITEAA Teacher Excellence Award in 2018, and has been a part of multiple NASA Social events. In addition, representing rural health innovations, Browning serves as an advisor for female-led entrepreneurial companies with the venture group Springboard Enterprises.
Olivia Crowe, BCHS Senior, Barren County High School
Olivia Crowe is a senior in the Biomedical program at Barren County High School. Upon graduation, Olivia plans to enroll at the University of Kentucky and major in Biology with hopes of one day becoming a general surgeon.
Beth Davisson, Executive Director, Kentucky Chamber Workforce Center
Beth Davisson is the executive director of the Kentucky Chamber Foundation's Workforce Center. She has served as the Immediate Past President of the Louisville Society for Human Resource Management and is the current Workforce Readiness Co-Chair for the Kentucky Society for Human Resource Management. Beth has spent the last 10+ years aligning talent to the strategic plans of business. She is a workforce strategist and consensus builder, with more than five years advocating for workforce needs in Kentucky and the nation's capital. She earned a bachelor's degree in Integrated Strategic Communications from the University of Kentucky and a Master of Business Administration from Sullivan University. Beth was honored as a "Top 40 under 40" and named a "Top 20 People to Know in Human Resources," by Business First Louisville.
Michelle DeJohn, Executive Staff Advisor, Kentucky Career Center, Cabinet for Education & Workforce Development
Michelle DeJohn brings more than a decade of state government workforce development experience and private sector knowledge in human resources and training development to her role as business services manager with the Kentucky Career Center. That combination gives DeJohn insight into what businesses need from government to help them excel and grow including customized recruitment, skills assessments, work-based training assistance, and labor market information, all free of charge. As a liaison for employers, DeJohn can connect them to other valuable resources such as state and federal agencies, local workforce development boards and education stakeholders that can give employers an edge to find, train and keep the best talent for their businesses.
DJ Dillon, BCHS Senior, Barren County High School
DJ Dillon is a senior in the Biomedical program at Barren County High School. Upon graduation, DJ plans to attend Eastern Kentucky University and major in Biomedical Sciences in order to become an orthopedic surgeon.
Nick Dokich, Co-Founder/CEO, Ulimi
Nick, is an HR Professional, Conversational Designer, and the CEO of ULIMI, Kentucky's first and only voice-first workforce solutions company. Being a People Ops Professional with over 10 years of HR experience, he cut his teeth in warehousing, 3PL and call center industries specializing in workforce performance, technology, recruitment, and retention strategies. After automating over 2,500,000 working hours, he now works directly with front-line employees and executives to automate their HR processes and Talent Management. A native of Pinehurst, NC, Nick graduated from the University of North Carolina and today calls Covington, KY, home.
CheyAnne Fant, Director of Nutrition Services, Barren County Schools
CheyAnne Fant, Barren County Schools Director of Nutrition Services and Community Programs, spearheaded initiatives with afterschool programming to include Project Lead the Way and other Technology and Literacy programs during out of school time for grades preschool through high school. To help combat the summer academic slide and hunger, Fant developed a project called BC Reads and Feeds, providing over 15,000 books, 3200 weekend meal kits, and almost 200,000 meals have been given to children in need over the past three years. As former CTE teacher, BC Work Ethics Vision Team Leader, and local Chamber Division Director, Fant has worked to provide services to ensure career opportunities and life skills that translate into essential workplace skills for the 21st Century.
Pat Fogarty, Director, Community Relations, Alkermes, Inc.
Pat comfortably claims the distinction of being someone in long-term recovery and found a new life after battling addiction and incarceration. For his efforts in treatment and advocacy, Governor Steve Beshear rewarded Pat a full gubernatorial pardon. Formerly, Pat was part of the leadership team for The Healing Place. Pat now works for the biopharmaceutical company Alkermes serving as the Director of Community Relations. Pat and his wife, Erin, have two children.
Jaimie Francis, Senior Director, Programs and Policy, U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation
Jaimie M. Francis is senior director of programs and policy at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation Center for Education and Workforce (CEW)—the nonprofit affiliate of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce dedicated to strengthening the nation’s educational standards and the quality of its workforce. Francis develops and oversees CEW’s programs for postsecondary education and workforce development. She manages its Talent Pipeline Management® (TPM) initiative and its 250 + member National Learning Network of TPM practitioners. Francis is a faculty member for the TPM Academy®, an in-person training for state and local chamber, business association, and economic development agency leaders, as well as employers, to learn the TPM approach to drive partnerships with their education and training providers based on industry need. Francis authored Learning to Work, Working to Learn, which highlights how employers can become more active participants in their higher education partnerships, and The Path Forward: Forging Partnerships to Improve Education, a guide on brokering partnerships between nontraditional allies. In addition, she was instrumental on the research team for the publication Leaders & Laggards: A State-by-State Report Card on Public Postsecondary Education, focusing on transparency and accountability. She also oversaw the reprisal of the first Leaders & Laggards, which examined K−12 educational effectiveness.
David Fusting, Human Resource Leader, Logan Aluminum
David serves in the lead HR role at Logan Aluminum, one of Kentucky’s premiere employers and international technology and cost leader in the aluminum business, producing more than half of the aluminum beverage cans consumed in the United States. David is a strategic, results oriented Human Resources leader with extensive experience and a successful track record of aligning organizational processes and talent capability with business objectives, partnering with business leaders to design and deliver integrated solutions to help drive the successful execution of business strategies. David has held a personal passion throughout his career for creating enhanced leadership capability required to achieve sustainable business results.
Doug Goodman, VP, Strategic Partnerships, ULIMI
Doug is focused on helping companies achieve and sustain relevance. He is passionate about removing the roadblocks that keep people and organizations from achieving their dreams and goals. Doug’s ability to connect disparate data points to create a vision of what is possible and the drive to take action fuels his success. As a life long resident and staunch advocate of all things Cincinnati, he joined Ulimi to make a positive impact on the workforce challenges facing the region.
Amanda Hall, Smart Justice Field Organizer, ACLU of Kentucky
Amanda Hall joined the ACLU of Kentucky staff as the organization’s first Smart Justice Field Organizer in November 2017. The ACLU of Kentucky is a member of Kentucky Smart on Crime, a broad-based coalition working for common-sense justice reforms that enhance public safety, strengthen communities, and promote cost effective sentencing alternatives. Amanda has focused on the responsibility of creating and mobilizing a statewide infrastructure of advocates for criminal justice reform. The Smart Justice Advocates group was co founded by Amanda in 2018, and consists of directly impacted Kentuckians working to reform the criminal legal system. Amanda is the prior Program Director of the Women’s Healing Place. Amanda has a Bachelors of Social Work from the University of Louisville.
Monica Jones, College and Career Readiness Coach, Frederick Douglass High School
Mrs. Jones is the College and Career Readiness Coach at Frederick Douglass High School. She holds a Bachelor’s in Integrated Strategic Communications with an Emphasis of Public Relations from the University of Kentucky and a Master of Science in Human Resource Leadership from Sullivan University. She is a Society for Human Resources Management Certified Professional with over 17 years of experience with the Fayette County Public Schools including seven years of experience with the Fayette County Public Schools Department of Human Resources. Mrs. Jones has participated in numerous planning committees and volunteer initiatives within the district. She also serves as a non-profit volunteer focusing on providing college and career readiness and preparation for high school students.
Anne Loehr, Executive Vice President, Center for Human Capital Innovation
After graduating from Cornell University, Anne Loehr managed and owned international, eco-friendly hotels and safari companies for over 13 years. Frustrated that she couldn't find top-quality team development programs for her 500 employees, Anne honed these skills herself by creating her own dynamic leadership and management development programs. Since selling her hospitality businesses and becoming a certified executive coach, facilitator and EVP at the Center for Human Capital Innovation (CHCI), she has been working with diverse organizations such as Facebook, AstraZeneca, Morgan Stanley Smith Barney, American Red Cross, Booz Allen Hamilton, Microsoft, Coca-Cola, the White House Fellows Program, Merrill Lynch, Instagram and P&G to consistently help organizational teams improve their communications and deepen their working relationships. The impact? Creative collaboration, improved employee retention and increased sales. Named the "Generational Guru" by The Washington Post, Anne’s age and gender diversity work has been featured in Newsweek International, The Washington Post, The New York Times, Huffington Post, National Geographic Traveler, Washingtonian and CNN Money. Anne speaks regularly at national conferences and on the radio. She writes for Fast Company; she also guest lectures at Cornell University and is a faculty member of the American Management Association, teaching leadership courses around the country. Anne was an Entrepreneur in Residence at Cornell and co-founded Safaris for the Soul, international leadership retreats that help senior managers find their organizational values and purpose. Her first book, A Manager’s Guide to Coaching: Simple and Effective Ways to Get the Best Out of Your Employees was published by the American Management Association. Her 2nd book, Managing the Unmanageable: How to Motivate Even the Most Unruly Employee, was published by Career Press.
Matt Manley, SAMAT Program Administrator, Kentucky Department of Courts
Bio coming soon.
Mané Martirosyan, MSSW, CSW, Senior Social Worker, Louisville Metro Department of Corrections
Mané is a Senior Social Worker at LMDC where she has been employed over 16 years. She has successfully developed and implemented F2ACT and PA2CT discharge planning programs for inmates exiting the jail. She is a graduate of University of Louisville, where she also is a lecturer for Kent School of Social Work. Her discharge planning programs are known nation wide and have been replicated by other jurisdictions. Mané currently serves on the Law Enforcement Assisted Diversion (LEAD) Advisory Council and on the Board of Directors for The Society for Orphaned Armenian Relief (SOAR).
Jason Merrick, Director of Addiction Services, Kenton County Detention Center
Jason Merrick is the Director of Addiction Services with Kenton County Detention Center in Covington, Kentucky where he has developed, implemented, and is now managing a 125 bed residential treatment program for incarcerated men and women. A Northern Kentucky University graduate with a MSW and CADC, Mr. Merrick at the forefront of the opioid crisis and addiction related issues in the Northern Kentucky region and throughout the Commonwealth.
Daryn Morris, Principal, Southside Technical Center
Mr. Morris is current principal of Southside Technical Center, a career and technical education facility that educates secondary school students in specialized career field interests. He has been principal for 12 school years and previously taught technology education. He has a bachelor of science degree in Industrial Technology with an emphasis in Technology Education, a master of science degree in Career & Technical Education with an emphasis in Vocational Administration, and a master of arts degree in Educational Leadership all attained at Eastern Kentucky University.
Danny Nelms, President, Work Institute
As President at Work Institute, co-author of The Why Factor and EmployER Engagement, and experienced public speaker, Danny Nelms is an agent of change and an expert in helping companies forge new directions to optimize human capital and improve results. Nelms’ 25 years of experience have given him the ability to influence corporate culture and human capital initiatives in areas including organizational improvement & effectiveness, leadership development, employee engagement & retention, executive coaching, and M&A. His track record in successfully managing teams in both HR and corporate services, and aligning organizational strategies to achieve business objectives, have made him a popular guest speaker. His insight into human capital dynamics of an organization based on sound data-driven research uniquely positions Nelms to provide valuable recommendations for the challenges that organizations face and allows him to provide companies with the tools needed to successfully achieve the desired employee outcomes and business results.
John Phillips, President and CEO, AE Electrical Solutions
John Phillips is the President and CEO of AE Electrical Solutions, an electrical contracting company headquartered in Frankfort, Kentucky. For 50 years, AE Electrical Solutions has been providing comprehensive electrical services to industrial, commercial, and residential clients in the Central United States. John joined AE Electrical Solutions after 23 years at Squared D Company/Schneider Electric where he was a major contributor to building the leading global energy automation group. John is known for his leadership in developing and implementing successful growth strategies for startup businesses across North and South America. John is also known for his passion to help others realize their career potential. John holds a BS in Electrical Engineering from the University of Kentucky, as well as an MBA from Middle Tennessee State University.
Jason Probst, Client Director, Dun & Bradstreet
Jason Probst’s career with D&B spans over twenty years with a focus on business development, sales and client management including an expatriate assignment in Rotterdam, The Netherlands for four years; Strategic Alliances and Partnerships in New Jersey for five years; and Public Sector engagement with Federal, State and Local Government Agencies for over ten years in Washington, D.C. and Pennsylvania. Out of D&B’s Center Valley, PA office, Jason currently manages D&B’s East Coast State and Local Government clients with a focus on Economic Development and Workforce Development Agencies.
Carolyn Roberts, Owner, Caring People Services
Carolyn Roberts has been a registered nurse for 46 years. She attended Millikin, University in Decatur, Il, and graduated from the 3-year diploma nursing program from Lake View Memorial Hospital in Danville, Il. She has been a Certified Professional in Healthcare Quality and a Certified Geriatric Service Provider. She has also completed studies for a degree in Health Care Administration. During her career, Carolyn has worked in many types of health care settings including Med surg, ED, CCU, and Rehab. She has been a DON for LTC facilities in both Illinois and Kentucky, a DON for Home Health, and a Director of Quality Improvement. She founded The Quality Company and for several years was an independent consultant for healthcare Quality Improvement and regulatory affairs. With partner Joni Hogancamp, Carolyn co-founded Caring People Services in Paducah, Kentucky in January of 2002. For the past 18 years this company has provided a large staff of non-medical service providers for the elderly and disabled in all of West Kentucky. Carolyn is active in many professional and community organizations. She previously served for several years on the Executive Board of Directors of the Kentucky Home Care Association.
Michele Robertson, Program Manager, Dun & Bradstreet
Michele Robertson began her 19-year Dun & Bradstreet career with the Financial Services and Insurance vertical team. In this role, she worked with Tier one clients enabling best practices and leveraging D&B analytics with their marketing and underwriting processes. From there, she spent eight years in D&B’s Customer Care team where she partnered with some of the largest commercial relationships in the Midwest to deliver superior value and creative solution support. Over the last three years, Michele has been an integral part of the State and Local Government team, where she implemented custom solutions for our clients and enhanced usability through on-going touch-points and in-depth training.
Michael A. Rodenberg, CEO, Murakami Manufacturing USA, Inc.
Michael serves as the first non-Japanese Board of Director for Murakami Corporation as well as CEO of Murakami Manufacturing USA & Mexico. He has a bachelor’s degree in Japanese from Brigham Young University and a MBA in Global Management from the University of Phoenix. Over the past 25 years he has worked in a wide range of positions in the manufacturing industry with assignments in Japan, China, and various locations in the U.S. He enjoys bridging the gap between cultures and organizations, building strong teams, and developing young people. He currently serves on the Board of Directors for The Japan America Society of Kentucky and Chairs the Advisory Board for the Kentucky Chamber’s Workforce Center as well as the Education and Workforce Council.
Steve Rudolf, SPHR, SHRM-SCP, Vice President - HR Operations, Baptist Health SSC
Steven G. Rudolf serves as Vice President, HR Operations for Baptist Healthcare System, based in Louisville, KY. Previously, he served as VP, Human Resources for Baptist’s Kentuckiana Region, which (at the time) included Baptist Health Louisville, Baptist Health La Grange and Baptist Health Medical Associates. Prior to Baptist, he worked as Exec. Director, HR at Hillenbrand Industries (Hill-Rom) with global HR responsibility for the areas of product development, manufacturing and logistics. Currently, Rudolf is responsible for overseeing Baptist’s HR strategic plan, executing system-wide initiatives (including M&A), improving HR processes and overseeing HR at Baptist’s acute care facilities systemwide. He holds a juris doctorate from Boston University, School of Law, and a bachelor’s degree in Finance from Indiana University, Kelley School of Business.
Zach Shearer, MCHS Senior, Matcalfe County High School
Zach Shearer is a senior from Metcalfe County High School. Zach is completing his second year of BC Skills, now having completed more than 1,200 apprenticeship hours with a focus in iOS app development and web responsive design web development with React. Zach has been chosen to attend Make School in San Francisco and will complete a two year Bachelor’s of Science degree in Computer Programming while apprenticing with some of the nation’s top-tier tech companies. While at BC Skills, Zach has completed several community-based projects.
Ashli Watts, President and CEO, Kentucky Chamber of Commerce
Ashli Watts was named the President and CEO for the Kentucky Chamber, the state’s largest business association, in November 2019. Ashli joined the Kentucky Chamber of Commerce in November of 2012 and during her tenure a Senior Vice President of Public Affairs at the Chamber led efforts in passing significant pieces of legislation such as felony expungement in 2016, right to work legislative in 2017, workers’ compensation reform in 2018 and reinstating arbitration agreements in 2019. As part of the Chamber’s leadership team, the Kentucky Chamber was named National State Chamber of the Year in 2017. Prior to joining the Chamber, she worked at the Kentucky Bar Association and the Legislative Research Commission. Ashli graduated from Campbellsville University with a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science and History in 2004 and holds a Master’s Degree in Public Policy and Administration from the University of Louisville. She served as the commencement speaker for Campbellsville University’s graduation in 2019 and was also awarded the Algernon Sydney Sullivan award. Ashli is a 2016 graduate of Leadership Kentucky and currently serves on the boards for Campbellsville University and Prevent Child Abuse Kentucky. She currently resides in Frankfort with her husband Ryan and two children, Emma and Carter.
Kurt Wells, COO, ULIMI
Kurt is a dynamic executive/entrepreneur with proven track record in operational/sales management, profit & loss administration, strategic planning, human resources, training, technology, business/product/personnel development, and consumer/employee engagement with extensive experience in business process, enterprise culture, leadership development, performance-based staffing, business scalability and workforce optimization. Over Kurt’s 25 year career he has had various executive positions as well as ownership stakes in several businesses including 2 successful exits with 2 different privately-held staffing companies to publicly-traded entities. At ULIMI, Kurt drives corporate development and strategy through a great team that utilizes ULIMI’s unique, consultative, and customized business solutions which include ULIMI Voice/Chat applications and Click360, ULIMI’s proprietary Performance Management platform. Kurt is graduate of Rollins College and resides with his family in Cincinnati, Ohio.
Jeff Whitehead, Executive Director, Eastern Kentucky Concentrated Employment Program, Inc.
Jeff Whitehead is executive director of the Eastern Kentucky Concentrated Employment Program, Inc. (EKCEP) and its local Workforce Investment Board (WIB), which provide workforce and employer services to 23 rural counties in Appalachian Kentucky. Jeff is dedicated to the mission of preparing, advancing, and expanding the workforce of Eastern Kentucky. Jeff is a member of the Advisory Council for Shaping Our Appalachian Region (SOAR) and serves as chairman of the Education and Retraining Roundtable. He serves on the board of directors for the Bluegrass State Skills Corporation and is a member of the Community Advisory Council of the Federal Reserve Bank in Cleveland.